Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Anthony went to China for work! I think he had a really nice time, but it has taken him almost a full week to get back on a regular sleep schedule. Then, we’re going to turn around in a few weeks and go to Spain. The poor traveler. I just think it’s amazing he went to China! He brought home all this silk. It’s amazing.

It was a nice experience for him, but I really hate sleeping alone. He doesn’t have to be in the bed, but he has to be in the house. I don’t know what it is, but I really cannot sleep in my house alone. I spent the week commuting to my in laws house and my moms house, because I just couldn’t be alone. I know I should just suck it up and learn to be independent, but I can’t do it. I spend all night awake and worrying. Good thing he doesn’t have to go away too often!

I was so busy last week and I wanted to make something that I knew Anthony wouldn’t really like, but it needed to be something fast so I made a soup! I could never serve Anthony just a soup for dinner, but it is something that I like. This soup is delicious. Make it while the weather is still a little cool or save it for the fall because it’s amazing. I really loved it! And it was just the comfort that I needed last week.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Yields – 8 servings

Prep time – 20 minutes

Cook time – 30 to 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 carrots, thinly chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. In a large pot heat your olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, onions and celery and cook until they are softened. Add the garlic and stir about 1 minute. Add the thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and bay leaf and stir another 30 seconds. Then, add your chicken broth.
  2. Allow the broth to come to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low and allow the veggies to soften for about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the orzo and lemon juice. Allow to orzo to cook completely, then add the chicken.
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